English FA Cup
November 3, 2012
Vale overcome plucky Rovers
Ben Williamson struck late to break Forest Green hearts as Port Vale came through 3-2 to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.
Williamson climbed off the bench with 18 minutes to go and hit the winner with 10 remaining after the Blue Square Premier side fought back from two goals down.
Ashley Vincent and Clayton McDonald had put the League Two side in control but James Norwood stirred Rovers into life just before the break and Eddie Oshodi leveled soon after, only for Williamson to have the final say.
Vale went ahead after seven minutes when Louis Dodds' cross-field pass found Vincent, who skipped past challenges from Ed Asafu-Adjaye and Jamie Turley to place the ball to Sam Russell's left.
The visitors doubled their lead five minutes later, Vincent turning provider, taking down Ryan Burge's cross and supplying McDonald with a close-range finish.
Forest Green were stunned but fought their way back when Norwood curled into the top corner after 34 minutes and they were level when skipper Oshodi tapped in from close range.
Rovers piled on the pressure and went close when Matty Taylor's shot was cleared off the line by McDonald but they couldn't find a winner and were made to pay when Williamson nodded home.
|Forest Green Rovers||Port Vale|
|23 Sam Ian Russell||1 Chris Neal|
|16 Ed Asafu-Adjaye||2 Adam Yates|
|5 Jamie Turley||14 Clayton McDonald|
|15 Eddie Oshodi||17 Joe Davis|
|3 Chris Stokes||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|21 Aarron Racine||3 Robert Taylor|
|8 Yan Klukowski||23 Ryan Burge|
|4 Alhassan Bangura||18 Sam Morsy|
|10 Magno Vieira||8 Louis Dodds|
|20 James Norwood||10 Ashley Vincent|
|9 Reece Styche||11 Tom Pope|
|1 Matthew Bulman||Sam Johnson. 12|
|2 Jared Hodgkiss||Chris Shuker 15|
|28 Stephen Brogan||Doug Loft 7|
|19 James Rowe||Darren Murphy 4|
|14 Matty Taylor||Kingsley James 21|
|7 Omar Koroma||Ryan Lloyd 22|
|Ben Williamson 19|
|Stephen Brogan for Chris Stokes (46)||Doug Loft for Robert Taylor (71)|
|Matty Taylor for Reece Styche (46)||Ben Williamson for Louis Dodds (72)|
|Omar Koroma for Magno Vieira (83)||Chris Shuker for Jennison Myrie-Williams (85)|
|Eddie Oshodi (72)||Joe Davis (58)|
|Robert Taylor (67)|
|· Rosters: Forest Green Rovers | Port Vale|